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BancorpSouth moving closer to $20B with two more mergers

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • BancorpSouth Bank is getting closer to becoming a $20 billion bank, announcing Wednesday it was expanding its presence in Texas and Florida. The Tupelo-based bank said it was acquiring Van Alstyne Financial Corp., the parent company of Texas Star Bank, and Summit Financial Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Summit Bank. The ...

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Jodi Penn Rives joins Argent Financial Group

Argent Financial Group announced that Jodi Penn Rives has joined the company as a business development officer for Shreveport, Louisiana and Oxford. She will report to Chief Development Officer J. Aaron Jack. Rives will be responsible for new client outreach and strengthening current customer relationships. A native of Shreveport, Rives has spent the past 24 years in numerous leadership roles ...

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Castle & Cooke Mortgage opens Batesville Location

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, one of the nation’s leading independent mortgage lenders with locations across the United States, has opened a new office in Batesville. This is its third branch to open in Mississippi and will be led by Katy White, branch manager. White has been a loan officer in the business for over three years. In her free ...

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Great Southern Bank announces promotions

Great Southern Bank announces the promotions of Chris H. Odom to president of the Waynesboro Office, Joann Walker to senior vice-president and personnel officer, Rebecca C. Campbell to senior vice-president, Lisa Dearman to vice-president and Mildred C. Smith to vice-president according to Jeff McCoy, president and CEO. Odom, a native of Waynesboro, is a graduate of Wayne Academy and earned ...

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Origin Bank hires Miller as business development banker

Origin Bank announced that Andy Miller has joined the company as a vice president, business development banker for its Mississippi market. Miller has more than 17 years in the banking industry. In his position at Origin he will focus on acquiring and maintaining quality banking relationships, specifically with small business clients. Miller has a Bachelor of Science from Belhaven University ...

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JUSTIN KELLY — 5 mistakes to avoid in retirement

After a lifetime of planning and saving, you’re finally on the verge of retirement. However, retirement planning doesn’t stop just because you’re beginning to draw income from your investments. As you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life, keep your retirement goals on track by avoiding these common pitfalls: 1. Claiming Social Security Too Early It may be ...

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Southern AgCredit announces 6 promotions

Southern AgCredit promoted six employees from across the two states that it serves. Kevin Brown was promoted to relationship manager in Southern AgCredit’s Ridgeland branch. Brown holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining the cooperative as a credit analyst in 2017, he was a loan officer for Community Bank. Lauren Smith was promoted to ...

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McCartney named VP at Community Bank

Kevin McCartney has been named vice president at Community Bank. A native of Hamilton, Mississippi, McCartney recently served as Assistant Vice President and has been in banking for five years. In his new role, McCartney will continue focusing on growing consumer and commercial lending, as well as, deposits. McCartney is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of ...

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First Federal announces a new additions to the Board

The Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Pascagoula-Moss Point is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Whitlock and Steven Brady to the Board for the Association. Dr. Richard Whitlock graduated from University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Following a medical residency in Family Medicine from the University of Alabama, he joined South Coast ...

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